Setting Up Values in a Comic

I want to take a moment to talk about color values and why they’re important to make a comic page not look like a raging mess.

Chris Oatley, character designer for Disney and Paper Wings guru, recently said that value is the container of color. When one composes an illustration, and a comic page is definitely an illustration whose layout requires attention, one has to pay attention to value in order to lead the reader’s eye around the page. The atmosphere on this page is very dark, so in order to communicate to the reader what is important to look at and what isn’t, I use values.


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